Congress Immigration

GOP Rep. Spots Threatening Undocumented Teenagers at a Glance

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) says the situation on the border is “heart-wrenching,” but he has also seen some very scary kids and he thinks the deportation of “heart-wrenching” babies should be expedited.

There’s always a “but.”

“It’s very heart-wrenching as a father to see that — mothers with their babies,” McCaul said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I also saw some 17-year-olds that I thought looked more like a threat to coming into the United States.” [...]

While he said that some may qualify to stay in the U.S., that most needed to be sent away as a “message of deterrence.”

He called for immigration policy changes, including tweaking the 2008 anti-trafficking law to make it easier to quickly deport immigrant children from Central America.

It’s not clear what features of an undocumented teenager make them look like a threat to national security any more than an average (read: white) teenager.

Is Representative McCaul a trained criminal profiler who can spot teenagers that pose a threat to the nation just by glancing at them?

The GOP has no one to blame but themselves if no one takes them seriously when they feign concern about the well-being and welfare of undocumented children.

If they actually cared, would they outright refuse to pass the president’s funding proposal which would improve living conditions for the children while they wait to be deported?

“It’s very heart-wrenching as a father to see that — mothers with their babies — because Family Values, but I won’t lift a finger to help them.”

The great irony is that Republicans have had more than plenty of time to participate in the process and pass comprehensive immigration reform, but they’ve chosen to sit on their hands instead.

One could argue that the comprehensive immigration reform bill passed by the democratically-controlled Senate was very generous toward conservative causes, such as increased border security, but it was declared dead-on-arrival by the Party of Steve King because it included a path to citizenship.